Decision day is getting closer for five-star point guard Josh Perkins, and there’s still no scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
John Calipari reached out to the Class of 2014 prospect earlier this summer and the UK coach and his assistants have had several conversations with Perkins and his father over the past few weeks.
The player’s father told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday night that UK is still in contact, but there hasn’t been a offer.
“They’re in touch,” said Randy Perkins. “It’s kind of died down a little bit. It’s not as intense as it was before.”
Time is running out if Kentucky wants to land the 6-foot-3 recruit from Aurora, Colo. His announcement date was previously supposed to be August 25, which is also his birthday. But Randy Perkins said Tuesday that the announcement will actually come on August 24.
Josh Perkins will play his senior season at Huntington Prep, and he arrived at the West Virginia school Sunday. The plan is for him to fly back to Colorado the weekend of the announcement so it can be shown on one of the local TV stations.
Perkins has taken official visits to Gonzaga and New Mexico — when Steve Alford was coaching the Lobos — and unofficial visits to UCLA, Minnesota, Southern Cal and Colorado, among others.
Randy Perkins said his son does not have a “top five,” as has been previously reported. Gonzaga and UCLA are seen as the two favorites among the schools that have offered, though the elder Perkins didn’t say that and did not hint at who the leader might be.
UCLA hired Alford as its head coach following last season, and the Bruins have been trying hard to get him on campus for an official visit.
“UCLA wants us out there again, but it’s really not necessary to go out there again,” Randy Perkins said. “We knew (Alford) and the coaching staff from New Mexico. There’s nothing more we can really learn, but they want to try and close it.”
It’s doubtful that Perkins will take any more official visits before his announcement. The family is working on a possible trip to UConn, but Randy Perkins said that would have to take place this weekend.
Kentucky is unlikely to get an official visit without offering.
“They’re only in the mix if an offer comes,” Randy Perkins said. “That’s not to put pressure on anybody. But you can’t entertain a school if there’s no offer there. They could call a million times, but if they don’t make an offer… you know.”
Perkins’ father added that his son will not postpone his decision date in hopes of adding an offer from Kentucky or anyone else. “He’s not deviating from that,” he said.
Scout.com ranks Perkins as the No. 18 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.